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FAQs 2020 #2 Does having regular periods mean that I am ovulating each month?

FAQ 2020 #2 Does having regular periods mean that I am ovulating each month?

Some women take it for granted that just because they menstruate each month it means they are ovulating and will not have any problems falling pregnant. Unfortunately, just because you have regular periods doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ovulating.

Anovulation, which describes the condition when ovulation does not occur is not common, but it is a problem for women who are trying for a baby. Anovulation is generally associated with irregular periods. If you do have regular periods there is however, a small chance that you might not be ovulating even though your menstrual cycle seems normal.

Ovulation occurs when a mature egg is released from the ovary, a process triggered by the hormone progesterone. The egg then travels down the fallopian tube where it waits to be fertilised. If it is fertilised, conception occurs. Otherwise, the unfertilised egg is shed, along with blood and the lining of the endometrium that has thickened in preparation for pregnancy. This process is called menstruation or having a period.

With anovulation, there is no ovulation because progesterone is not produced. However, oestrogen does thicken the lining of the uterus, the endometrium, until it eventually sheds, resulting in bleeding, which is mistaken for a period.

Anovulation might be due to a number of factors, among them: stress and anxiety, certain types of medication, excessive exercise, extreme weight loss, obesity and hormonal imbalances (for example, when the pituitary gland or hypothalamus does not produce the hormones needed to trigger ovulation).

If you are having trouble falling pregnant, it is possible that you are not ovulating even though you are having regular periods. I would recommend that you start to track your cycles and have a fertility assessment to assess the cause and to discuss treatment options.

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Some women take it for granted that just because they menstruate each month it means that they are ovulating and so will not have any problems falling pregnant. But the fact is, just because you have regular periods does not necessarily mean that you are ovulating

Anovulation – which describes the condition when ovulation does not occur is not common, but it is a problem for women who are trying for a baby.  Anovulation is generally associated with irregular periods.

If you do have regular periods there is however, a small chance that you might not be ovulating even though your menstrual cycle seems normal.

Ovulation occurs when a mature egg is released from the ovary, a process triggered by the hormone progesterone. The egg then travels down the fallopian tube where it waits to be fertilised. If it is fertilised, conception occurs. Otherwise, the unfertilised egg is shed, along with blood and the lining of the endometrium that has thickened in preparation for pregnancy. This process is called menstruation or having a period.

With anovulation, there is no ovulation because progesterone is not produced. However, oestrogen does thicken the lining of the uterus, the endometrium, until it eventually sheds, resulting in bleeding, which is mistaken for a period.

Anovulation might be due to a number of factors, among them: stress and anxiety, certain types of medication, excessive exercise, extreme weight loss, obesity and hormonal imbalances (for example, when the pituitary gland or hypothalamus does not produce the hormones needed to trigger ovulation).

If you are having trouble falling pregnant, it is possible that you are not ovulating even though you are having regular periods. I would recommend that you start to track your cycles and have a fertility assessment to assess the cause and to discuss treatment options.